Wow! You’ve finally decided to make that trip to Branson, or maybe it’s time for a return visit and you’re wondering about the best time to come. Well, let us make the case for a Fall visit, and share a few ideas about what to do when you get here!
Why Branson in the Fall? Here’s why we think it’s the ideal time for a visit:
1. The scenery, of course! The Ozark Mountains are beautiful all year long, but the Fall is special. From the rolling hills splashed with color that catch your eye pretty much everywhere you look, to the gorgeous trees, shrubs, and fall flowers that dot the landscape throughout the city, there’s no season that makes Branson prettier than Autumn!
2. The kids are back to school! For empty nesters, senior travellers, a girlfriends getaway, or Branson with your buddies, you’ll be sharing your experience at shows, attractions, lakes, trails, and everything else mostly with other adults. Now, we all love the kids dearly, but sometimes you want to enjoy a destination when there aren’t as many little rugrats demanding everyone’s time and attention!
3. All the shows are incredible! In the Fall, you’re catching all the shows during their last few weeks before they switch over to their Christmas schedule. This means a regular season performance that’s polished and perfected, with all the new season kinks worked out, and with performers that are more relaxed and looking forward to spending time interacting with their audience.
4. The shopping is amazing! You’ll still find a few end-of-summer sales, along with all the new Fall and Winter fashions and other seasonal merchandise, as well as a premium selection of items for the upcoming Christmas season. Don’t miss Tanger Outlets’ Labor Day Weekend Sale, and fabulous finds at the Grand Village Shops, The Shoppes at Branson Meadows, and all the boutiques, souvenir stores, department stores, and your favorite big-box names.
5. Branson Landing! A destination within one, Branson Landing offers shopping, dining, and entertainment in beautiful weather - not too hot, not too cold, it’s the perfect time to spend a few Autumn hours at one of Branson’s most popular attractions.
6. College of the Ozarks! Experience the excitement of a full campus, which means all those uniquely talented young folks are working at the student-operated Dobyn’s Dining Room in the Keeter Center, and guiding tours of the gloriously colorful grounds, the grist mill, greenhouses, fruitcake and jelly kitchen, and so much more.
7. Silver Dollar City - now there’s an easy decision, huh? A stunningly beautiful sight any time of year, Silver Dollar City becomes even more so during the Fall. And you have to experience the popular National Crafts & Cowboy Festival, brimming with demonstrating craftsmen, music, chuck wagon-style dining, and more! The end of September - beginning of October - brings the 12 day Southern Gospel Picnic, a can’t miss for every fan of great gospel music!
8. Golf, golf, and more golf! Branson’s become famous as a golf destination, offering some of Missouri’s most desirable courses. You’ll enjoy cooler weather and breathtaking vistas of color on courses like Thousand Hills, found right in the center of the entertainment district, and Branson’s best kept golf secret, Holiday Hills, less than five minutes from Historic Downtown Branson.
9. Special events! There’s the Annual Trout Tournament, presented by Vietnam Veterans of America, taking place downtown near the end of October, and Labor Day Celebrations with fireworks at Big Cedar Lodge and Chateau on the Lake. Historic Downtown Branson hosts their Annual Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival, and other events take place throughout the area.
10. The Trip! The majority of Branson’s visitors arrive in their own personal vehicles, depending on the route you take to get here, you’re sure to enjoy the Autumn beauty of Missouri or Arkansas. And while in Branson, there are many ways to enjoy the colors, including a drive along the Ozark Mountain Highroad, the long view from the top of Inspiration Tower, and gazing at the shoreline of Table Rock Lake from the Showboat Branson Belle or one of the amphibious vehicles of Ride The Ducks, or the landscape along Lake Taneycomo from Main Street Lake Cruises’ Landing Princess and Lake Queen boats.
It’s nearly time to “fall into Autumn” in the Ozarks! If you’re looking for even more things to do during the upcoming season, just give us a call and we’ll help you plan and enjoy your Fall visit to Branson!